It’s no man's land when it comes to venturing in these territories. Leave these cities out of your dream trip itinerary. Here are our choices for least favorable vacation spots.
1. Cuidad Juarez, Mexico – The subject of documentaries and a feature film, Cuidad Juarez’s' crime statistics are mind numbing. This city of 2.5 million people claims the world's highest murder rate at close to 140 murders per 100,000 people and more than 3000 murders in 2010 largely due to drug trafficking rings. Extorting businesses for $300 a week is commonplace and mass exoduses are on with an estimated 110,000 out in the past two years. Avoid El Paso's deep south side at all costs.
2. Cape Town, South Africa – This city of 4 million holds high rates of kidnapping, murder, and rape are the norm here. Avoid the outer suburbs and the Hyanga area. At one point during the past decade, Cape Town saw an average of close to 6 murders a day with a murder rate of 62 per 100,000 people.
3. Mogadishu, Somalia – The lack of a centralized government has contributed to complete lawlessness in the region. As of August 19, 2011, the US Department of State issues a travel alert warning US citizens to avoid travel entirely due to assassinations and suicide bombings. Not bad in a place with no US Embassy to bail you out, including by sea where merchant vessels and fishing boats are constantly under the exposure of pirates up to 300 miles off the coast.
4. Rio de Janeiro – Home to the next summer Olympics, this city has had its fare share of violence in recent years. This means an average of 30 murders a week due to drug trafficking and kidnappings.
5. Caracas, Venezuela – The ex murder capital of the world with 130 murders per 100,000 people in 2008, this 4 million population city has only gotten worse under President Chavez with the homicide rate doubling under his watch.